The Fairfax County delegation to the General Assembly will hold a public hearing regarding the upcoming 2021 session on Saturday, January 9, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hearing will be held virtually. Fairfax County is assisting with the logistics of the delegation’s event. Registration for this year’s hearing is now closed. There will be no sign ups on the day of the event. Additional guidelines for those interested in speaking at the public forum are as follows:
- The event will be limited to not more than 70 speakers that are residents of Fairfax County. Speakers will have a two-minute window to address the Delegation.
- Eligible residents requiring assistance will be helped as needed.
- Speaking slots will be numbered based on a first come, first served allocation.
- Fairfax County residents may register to speak as an individual or on behalf of an organization serving County residents.
- Requests for ADA accommodations should be made as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the public hearing.
- Organizations are encouraged to limit their presentation to one speaker.
- Speakers may submit video testimony (see details below) or call in to submit live testimony during the hearing. All speakers must register in advance.
- Speakers may also submit written testimony by e-mail to LegislativeTeam@fairfaxcounty.gov.
- If providing phone testimony, callers will receive a phone call, originating from 703-324-1020, just before their turn. For the best connection into the meeting, use a land line or, if using a cell phone, do not use the speaker function while testifying.
- The Chair reserves the right to modify the guidelines on site for the smooth operation of the public forum.
- The hearing will be televised live on Fairfax County Television Channel 16 (Channel 1016 in HD on Cox; Channel 16 on Verizon or Comcast), and can also be viewed on-line through the Channel 16 stream.
- Point of contact for other questions or requests for ADA accommodations: Arielle McAloon (703-324-2649) or Rebecca Chenette (703-324-2683).
Further information on the public hearing is available from members of the Fairfax County legislative delegation. Contact information for individual delegation members is available on the Virginia General Assembly web page at http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/
Video Testimony Submission Notice and Disclaimer
The Fairfax County General Assembly delegation will accept video testimony for consideration during the January 9th public hearing. Video testimony is subject to the same two-minute time limit as phone testimony, and must be uploaded to – and playable from – YouTube. All videos submitted must be appropriate. Speakers must deliver their comments with the decorum and respect appropriate to the conduct of the public's business. Out-of-order remarks or other indecorous conduct will not be accepted. Speakers may only testify once during the public hearing; speakers may not testify via video and phone. Video testimony will be reviewed prior to the public hearing and videos not meeting these standards will not be played during the delegation’s public hearing.
By submitting video testimony, you agree that the County may distribute it as the County deems necessary or appropriate, including via broadcast and web-streaming to general public audiences. You grant Fairfax County an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, and broadcast the video. You represent and warrant that you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, and permissions to grant the County those rights, and that you have secured all necessary permissions and releases from any person and for any copyrighted material contained in your video.
You agree that you will hold Fairfax County harmless for any claims for infringement or violation of rights resulting from the use of your video. You acknowledge that the video must meet Fairfax County requirements and that the video will be rejected if it does not meet those requirements, in the sole opinion of Fairfax County.